Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply B.Sc.

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

Open
No NC

Admission to Higher Semesters

Open
No NC

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---

    SelfAssessment

    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines

 

Would it not be frightening to think if we did not have any more raw materials – we could not produce smartphones and without energy, we could not charge them? We would literally lose contact with the outside world.

To maintain our accustomed standard of living, our resource demands must continue to be met and sockets must still provide electricity. At the same time, however, the environment cannot continue to be damaged as it has been. We need innovative strategies for energy and raw material supply – an exciting task with great responsibility for future engineers! This interdisciplinary course of study at RWTH meets these challenges: It focuses on both aspects of a sustainable, resource-conserving raw material and energy supply: environmentally compatible extraction and utilization of raw materials on the one hand and provision of sufficient quantities of energy on the other.

In order to meet humanity's need for raw materials long-term, methods for finding and mining these so-called primary resources must be improved. However, even if technology is improved, raw materials cannot be infinitely mined. Resources are limited. Thus, the importance of promoting technologies to recover raw materials is even greater. Recycling plays a key role in this effort as secondary raw materials can be used to produce new products.

A suitable raw material is at the center of energy supply. Fossil fuels, which have a bad reputation, play just as important of a role as renewable energies. Coal, gas, and oil on the one hand and biofuel, sun, wind, and water on the other – they all contribute to a basic supply. The impending withdrawal of nuclear energy from our energy supply means a good mix of consistently available resources and intermittent energy sources is needed.

Students complete courses forming the foundation of the course of study, and can then choose from three specializations beginning in the third semester. This allows them to pursue their interests and expand their technical skills:

  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Recycling

In addition to the courses available in the specializations, students can choose from a broad selection of courses in the elective modules, which further allows them to fine-tune their own individual focus.

 

Degree Content

Aside from subjects focusing on theory, practical courses are also offered which provide an important insight into and contact with professional practice. The practical component includes a 40-day internship at a German company but it is not restricted to the German market. The curriculum is supplemented with exciting field and laboratory work in addition to research excursions to, for example, Australia, Canada, and Brazil.

Curriculum Structure

Semester

1-2

Energy and raw materials in the 21st century
Mathematics: Differential and integral calculus 1 and 2, linear algebra 1 and 2, statistics
Chemistry: Basic chemistry and organic chemistry
Mechanics: Basic mechanics and machine components 1, 2, and 3
Technical representation and plans
Fundamentals of electrical engineering, applied thermal engineering

3-6

Primary resources, raw materials, and energy law 1 and 2
Measurement, control, and regulation in raw material and energy supply
Fundamentals of electrical drive technology, general machine science
Introduction to MATLAB, Introduction to business administration
Scientific writing and presenting

Choice of specialization

Mining:
Geology and mineralogy
Raw material extraction
Raw materials management
Processing methods
Mineral raw materials
Mine surveying

Energy:
Energy Resources
Energy technology
Process engineering
Design of experiments
Thermodynamics
Fluid mechanics

Recycling:
Geology and mineralogy
Energy raw materials
Raw materials and recycling
Processing methods
Emission reduction
Thermal waste treatment

Elective for the chosen specialization, internship, Bachelor's thesis

Programs Abroad

Safe and clean energy and raw material supply is not just important in Germany. New strategies are being drafted and researched worldwide, which offers students in this course of study the possibility to gain experience abroad.

A stay abroad during your studies expands your general and specialist knowledge and also provides language and cultural skills. In addition, students make new personal contacts, which can have a positive impact professionally.

Students of Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply have access to fifteen European partner universities in the ERASMUS+ mobility program.

RWTH also maintains a large number of collaborations beyond Europe, for example with renowned universities in Brazil, China, Canada, or the United States.

 

Prerequisites

Personal Prerequisites

If you are interested in studying sustainable resources and energy supply, you should be interested in science and engineering. During your basic studies in the first two semesters you will intensively focus on math, particularly differential and integral equations, mechanics, and chemistry. Unlike the other engineering sciences, this course of study required advanced interest in geological relationships. RWTH Aachen offers a bridge program to intensify and complete your knowledge before beginning studies.

Enrollment Prerequisites

Proof of the Subject Specific Self Assessment
RWTH "Georesources and Materials Technology" Self Assessment

 

Media library

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Smart Study Start

Created as a two-semester-long orientation study program, Smart Study Start offers new students of natural sciences, engineering, and business and economics the option of finding out which subject best suits them before deciding on a course of study.

 

Career Prospects

Engineers with comprehensive skills and practical experience in the field of raw materials and energy engineering are highly sought after in the wake of the arising energy transition and resource scarcity, especially with their special course-specific focus on the energy mix from raw materials to security of supply.

Not only in Germany but also worldwide, a process of rethinking can be observed when it comes to raw material extraction and energy supply. Due to the shortage of raw materials and the increasing energy demand of the world's population, graduates with an interdisciplinary view of the overall supply system also have the best career prospects internationally.

The interdisciplinary education at RWTH opens up entry-level opportunities in the entire energy sector, for example in the areas of raw materials extraction, power generation, and distribution. In addition to the large energy corporations and producers of power generation plants, smaller engineering firms also offer attractive entry-level opportunities.

Furthermore, career paths in administration and politics are good options, e.g. with municipal and state governments or the federal government. Engineers with expertise in sustainable raw material and energy supply are also often called upon as specialists for risk and damage assessments.

 

Master's Degree Prospects

Following their Bachelor's program, graduates can choose between two different Master's programs. The M.Sc. Sustainable Energy Supply covers the three subject areas of raw materials, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. The M.Sc. Mineral Resources Engineering offers specialization options in mining and recycling. Within the Master's specializations, students choose courses that allow them to follow their own interests and build an individual subject profile.

Graduates of the B.Sc. Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply are offered the opportunity to choose other degree programs beyond the subject-specific Master's programs, such as environmental engineering.

 

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

 

Departments and Faculties

The inter-faculty course of study Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply is offered by the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing, and Recycling in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering .